On Friday July 8, 2011, Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 93 (see bill below) which will bring concealed carry to Wisconsin making it the 49th state to legalize carrying a concealed weapon leaving only Illinois the only state that doesn’t allow concealed carry. The new law will go into effect on November 1, 2011.
“By signing concealed carry into law today we are making Wisconsin safer for all responsible, law abiding citizens,” Walker said in a statement.
Applicants will be required to be 21 years of age or older, pass a criminal background check, must have no history of mental illness as well as taking the required training. The exact details of the permit process will be developed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice by November 1, 2011.
Concealed carry permit holders will be forbidden to carry in police and sheriff stations, jails, courthouses and secure mental institutions. You will be able to carry in other public buildings in city’s and state parks but governments and private property owners will be allows to restrict concealed carry with a posted sign.
For everyone that has asked us to update our Concealed Carry Map, since the law goes into effect on Nov. 1, we will update the map on Nov. 1. As we get more details of the permit process as well as reciprocity we will also update the Wisconsin Concealed Carry page.